[HowTo] Apple Remote on OSMC for Raspberry Pi 3


#1

This guide describes how to get an Apple Remote (A1294 silver model) to work in OSMC version 2018.08-2 (Kodi 17.6) for Raspberry Pi 3 model B+.

I bought a very cheap TSOP4838 IR receiver on eBay.
The IR receiver pins are (bulge facing you, pins down, from left): 1 - OUT, 2 - GND and 3 - Vs
The Raspberry Pi pins I used are: 01 - 3.3V, 06 - GND and 12 - GPIO18
Connect IR receiver pin 1 to RPi pin 12
Connect IR receiver pin 2 to RPi pin 06
Connect IR receiver pin 3 to RPi pin 01

Now edit the /boot/config.txt to enable and configure lirc (Linux Infrared Remote Control) :

$ cd /boot
$ sudo nano config.txt

Add as last line:

dtoverlay=lirc-rpi,gpio_in_pin=18

I think that can be simplified to dtoverlay=lirc-rpi as it seems that lirc_rpi auto-detects the IR receiver on GPIO18.

Activate the apple silver configuration:

$ cd /etc/lirc/
$ sudo rm lircd.conf
$ sudo ln -s apple-silver-A1294-lircd.conf lircd.conf

Now reboot

$ sudo reboot

The Apple Remote should now work with OSMC!

The steps below are not necessary, but could help you verify that everything works:

$ dmesg | grep lirc
[    4.289234] lirc_dev: IR Remote Control driver registered, major 244
[    4.345142] lirc_rpi: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[    5.411573] lirc_rpi: auto-detected active low receiver on GPIO pin 18
[    5.411759] lirc_rpi lirc_rpi: lirc_dev: driver lirc_rpi registered at minor = 0
[    5.411763] lirc_rpi: driver registered!
[    5.666436] input: lircd as /devices/virtual/input/input0

$ sudo lsmod | grep lirc_rpi
lirc_rpi               16384  2
lirc_dev               20480  1 lirc_rpi

$ sudo ls -l /dev/lirc*
crw-rw---- 1 root video 244, 0 Nov  9 17:14 /dev/lirc0

$ sudo systemctl status lircd_helper@lirc0
* lircd_helper@lirc0.service - lircd remote support
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/lircd_helper@.service; static; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2018-11-09 18:43:34 CET; 9min ago
  Process: 352 ExecStart=/bin/sh -c /var/run/lirc/lircd-lirc0.sh (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 364 (lircd)
   CGroup: /system.slice/system-lircd_helper.slice/lircd_helper@lirc0.service
           `-364 /usr/sbin/lircd --driver=default --device=/dev/lirc0 --uinput --output=/var/run/lirc/lircd-lirc0 --pidfile=/var/run/lirc/lircd-lirc0.pid /etc/lirc/lircd.conf

$ irw
cf 0 KEY_PLAY linux-input-layer
cf 0 KEY_PLAY_UP linux-input-layer
1 0 KEY_ESC linux-input-layer
1 1 KEY_ESC linux-input-layer
1 0 KEY_ESC_UP linux-input-layer
160 0 KEY_OK linux-input-layer
160 0 KEY_OK_UP linux-input-layer

Regards
Mogens Beltoft


#2

You can change the config.txt in the Pi section and select the apple remote conf file from the Remotes section of the MyOSMC settings addon.